Posted in Emotion Regulation

TAKE 5 Breathing

I am always looking for new calming strategies to teach children.  One of my favorites is the Take 5 Breathing.  This technique is from the Managing Big Emotions series for kids at  A youtube video can be found here.

I find this calming strategy beneficial because, in addition to deep breathing, it also lets children focus their eyes and attention on their hands.  I have found that letting them do so increases their ability to cope with all of those overwhelming emotions.  Tip: it is VERY common for kids to try to move too quickly through their fingers, which makes this method less effective.  I have to give plenty of prompts to slow down and they will need lots of practice with this one.

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